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Woman Saves Infant By Performing CPR On Florida Highway

Fri, February 21, 2014 1:18pm EDT by Lauren Cox 4 Comments
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This is an incredible story. When 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz stopped breathing on Feb. 20, Pamela Rauseo stopped her car in the middle of a busy Florida highway to perform CPR and save his life.

Pamela Rauseo was quick to act when her nephew Sebastian de la Cruz stopped breathing during a ride in the car. After pulling over, Pamela performed CPR on her nephew — keeping him alive long enough for emergency responders to arrive and take over.

Infant Saved By CPR On Busy Highway

Sebastian de la Cruz suffers from breathing problems because he was born prematurely. When he suddenly stopped breathing in the back seat of his aunt Pamela Rauseo’s car while driving on the Dolphin Expressway in Miami, Fla., she immediately pulled onto the shoulder and stopped her vehicle. Without thinking twice, Pamela took Sebastian out of the car and began CPR as two motorists stuck in traffic around her stopped to help. One of those heroic people was Al Diaz, the photographer who took the pictures of Pamela performing CPR. According to the Daily News, before Al snapped a single photo, he ran through traffic until he found a police office in a patrol car who called for help before taking over CPR from a distraught Pamela.

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As luck would have it, two Miami Dade firefighters were also stuck in the surrounding traffic and stopped to help until emergency responders arrived and transported little Sebastian to the hospital.

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“Everybody got there in seconds it seemed,” photojournalist Al told the Daily News after the incident. Aside from Al running to the police officer sitting in traffic, 34-year-old Lucila Godoy left her own child inside her stopped vehicle to help Sebastian’s aunt Paula with CPR until the cop arrived on the scene. The officer, Amauris Bastiday, continued CPR until paramedics finally arrived, and that’s when Sebastian was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

“Save someone’s life, that’s my duty. That’s my duty. My duty to act,” Officer Bastiday said in an interview with CBS Miami.

Sebastian was last reported in ‘critical but stable’ condition — all thanks to the help of a handful of strangers.

— Lauren Cox

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